Formula 4 at Mid-Ohio

I can't say enough about the Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course and how well the F4 Americas cars perform there. It's great sharing the stage with the popularity of the NASCAR scene because they draw a big crowd, which is a real treat for not only the drivers and the spectators but also, my photos! It's nice to see race cars against green countryside backdrops or pushed up into the blue of the sky, but getting the colors of the crowd is something special.

The weekend was dominated by Joshua Car from the Crosslink/Kiwi Motorsport team but some shining stars appeared on the podium introducing some new blood into the points race. Kiko Porto returned to the top step after the first race and his teammate Guilherme Peixoto of DEForce Racing claimed two third-place finishes and grabbed a nice fat check for securing the Cameron Das Fast Qualifier Award. Another driver hungry for some time on the podium was Nicky Hays of DC Autosport with Cape Motorsports. His "have no fear" racing style sent shutters through the crowd as his out-breaking techniques raised the hairs on every viewer's neck. Christian Brooks also returned to the podium for the third race. After a difficult start to the weekend, the Jay Howard Driver Development driver managed to get the car sorted out and landed on the podium of the final race.

A great weekend surrounded by close racing, big crowds, and competitive friendship. It's what every series should hope to attain.

All of these (and many more) photos from the weekend are available at the F4 Mid-Ohio Photo gallery